Pippa Green appointed Press Ombudsman of South Africa

19 Feb 2019
Pippa Green appointed Press Ombudsman of South Africa

We would like to extend its warmest congratulations to PEN SA professional member Pippa Green on her appointment as Press Ombudsman.

Green will commence her term on 1 April.

For the past five years Green has worked at the Research Project on Employment, Income Distribution and Inclusive Growth, a national independent research project investigating poverty, inequality and unemployment, based in the School of Economics at UCT.

Between 2009 and 2014, she was Head of the Journalism Program at the University of Pretoria.

Green, who has held senior editorial positions in both newspapers and radio news, has also worked as a trainer and part-time news editor for EyeWitness News in the Cape Talk office and was a member of the SABC Board during 2010 to 2013.

The three retired judges who are involved with the Press Council have all welcomed her appointment.

Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, chairperson of the appointment panel, said: “The Panel believes that as a respected media professional, Ms Green’s extensive news media and academic experience, her commitment to freedom of expression, media ethics and journalistic standards as well as her high profile in the industry will maintain the confidence of both the industry and the public in the credibility and authority of the Press Ombud.”

Green, who holds an MSc in Journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City, is the author of Choice, not Fate: The Life and Times of Trevor Manuel (Penguin, 2008).

Her more recent work includes a series of podcasts called History for the Future (in 2016), for Primedia, based on interviews with former Truth and Reconciliation commissioners, as well as several articles for publications such as Business DayNews24, the Daily Maverick and the New Yorker on some of the key economic challenges facing the country.

Most recently, she co-authored a paper, Taking stock of South African income inequality with economists Professors Murray Leibbrandt and Vimal Ranchhod for UNU-Wider.

She is currently an executive member of the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution (CASAC). Among her awards is a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University (1999) and the Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton University (2006).